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Kumagoro

Gianluca Aicardi

  • Name: Gianluca "Kumagoro" Aicardi
  • Preferred Format: Modern, Commander, Legacy Tribal Wars, Limited

About:

I hail from Genoa, Italy.

When I don't write about Magic, I write about film and television. In general, I write a lot.

When I play Magic, I usually play something with green in it. I don't know why I like green so much, I'm not even so concerned about the environment (but I'm concerned enough).

When I don't play Magic, I play things like X-Wing or Zombicide. But mostly I watch films and TV shows.

When I do things I don't like to do as much as playing games and watching films, I'm a freelance translator, editor, and proofreader. I also worked as head of programming for a couple film festivals.

I might have some mild OCD.

All Articles by Gianluca Aicardi

Getting into the Zone and Zoning Out

By Kumagoro (2020-12-03)

Magic's virtual board is divided into a number of distinct zones. During the game, objects are created in one of these zones, and then moved between them as the players take actions — a seemingly simple yet intricate mechanism that has in time been defined by a proper nomenclature worth exploring.

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Has Magic Become More Lighthearted?

By Kumagoro (2020-11-24)

Looking at the aesthetic and narrative content of the premier sets released after War of the Spark, one can't help but wonder: Did the tone of the game switch away from some of the darkness of the past and toward a more cutesy approach? And if so, is it just a temporary development or a deliberate corporate effort?

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An Invitation to Brawl

By Kumagoro (2020-11-11)

Tired of Standard? Wishing for something cool to do with all those cards from Eldraine, Theros, Ikoria, and Zendikar? Brawl is the answer! The mostly uneventful period between the release of two premier sets is the perfect moment to give regular Standard a rest and try your hand at the up-and-coming singleton format.

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Rotation Grief: Core Set 2020, Part 2

By Kumagoro (2020-09-14)

Rotation is just a few days away! Time to acknowledge the sudden disappearance from our decks of all the cards leaving the format. We end this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking into the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards Standard is going to lose when Core Set 2020 rotates out.

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Rotation Grief: Core Set 2020, Part 1

By Kumagoro (2020-09-09)

The Standard rotation is upon us! Time to acknowledge the sudden disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We continue this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking at the white, blue, and black cards Standard is going to lose when Core Set 2020 rotates out.

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